As the tragic effects of heat waves, forest fires, and floods continue to be felt across the globe, and as Glasgow prepares to host the UN Climate Summit COP26 in November 2021, we’ve been working with new partners to raise awareness of the power of collective interfaith action. The attention of the world will be on our city during the conference, so we’re making sure that Glasgow’s faith and belief communities have the chance to make their voices heard.

COP27 Vigil – Join us on George Square or via the livestream!

On Sunday 31st October, the first day of the COP, this vigil will offer an opportunity for the people of Glasgow, and – through live-streaming – the world, to come together to pray for our planet. Standing together in Glasgow’s main square, senior religious leaders will read the ‘Glasgow Multi-Faith Declaration for COP26’ and lead prayers and meditations from a wide variety of faith traditions. Delivered in partnership with Interfaith Scotland, the vigil will launch Scottish Interfaith Week and will be followed by a civic reception in Glasgow City Chambers.

The vigil is taking place from 2:00pm-3:00pm on Sunday 31st. Attendance is limited so register to join us on George Square or subscribe to join the livestream. All welcome!

Talanoa Dialogue

We’re delighted to support this annual fixture of the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC’s programme for COP, which will take place in Garnethill Synagogue following the COP26 Vigil on George Square. Talanoa is a Fijian word and refers to a dialogue process that’s transparent, inclusive, and participatory. COP badge holders and local religious communities will come together to listen to each other’s stories and build solidarity before the negotiations begin.

The event will take place from 4:30pm-9pm in Garnethill Synagogue and you can find out more and register here.

Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

On Saturday 6th November, the COP26 Coalition is calling for a Global Day of Action for Climate Justice. The Interfaith Glasgow team is proud to join the main demonstration of the day, which will take place in Glasgow.

Across the world, the poorest people and communities of colour are too often those bearing the brunt of the climate crisis. It is our job in Scotland and the UK to stand in solidarity with all those affected by the climate crisis today and with marginalised communities who will be affected first in the future. We will have team members representing our charity in the Faith and Belief Bloc and the Anti-Racist/Migrant Justice Bloc. We encourage our supporters to join us and stand in solidarity with those affected by the climate crisis today and those who will be first affected in the future. More information is available here.